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Library Director Salary (United States)

With three in five of Library Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $25K to $94K per year and averages out to $58K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Library Directors making up 79 percent of workers. Most Library Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Library Director Salary (?
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$31,606 - $96,771
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MEDIAN: $58,007
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Library Director Salary (?
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$9.55 - $26.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,606 - $96,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,131  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,141 - $93,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $24.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,131  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,141 - $93,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.
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Library Director Tasks
  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Cataloging, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Library Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Library Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 30 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 38 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 30 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%
National Average
$52,000
Cataloging
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%